Occupational therapists perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Analyse clients' capabilities and expectations related to life activities through observation, interviews and formal assessments
B. Develop intervention programs to address clients' needs related to self-care, work and leisure activities
C. Maintain clients' records
D. Establish personalized plans to support occupational performance targets as a member of an interprofessionnal collaborative team
E. Consult and advise on health promotion programs to prevent disabilities and to maximize independent function in all activities of life
F. May supervise support personnel and students and provide training.
G. Occupational therapists may specialize in working with specific populations such as children or adults, or persons with distinct problems such as dementia, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain, or provide special interventions such as return-to-work programs.
1. You must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy including supervised fieldwork from an accredited educational program by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, or have graduated from an occupational therapy program approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). This program is accepted in some provinces/territories.
2. Effective 2008, most Canadian university occupational therapy programs will only be offering masters entry level education in occupational therapy.
3. You may need to complete the National Certification Examination administered by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
4. You must be licensed by a regulatory body in the province/territory where you'll work.
5. Membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists is required in some provinces/territories.
6. To specialize, you may need additional training or further experience.
The average hourly wages for Occupational Therapists is $26.27/HR, which is above average for occupations in the health sector and close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.